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Congregational Affirmation of Faith

Author: 
- Various
Date Given: 
June 27, 2009

Congregational Affirmation of Faith

I. The Word of God

We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, fully inspired and without error in the original manuscripts, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and that it has supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20,21; Mark 13:31; John 8:31,32; John 20:31; Acts 20:32

A Contract to Find Something

Published by: Sam Crabtree
April 17, 2014

Have you ever signed a contract to find something?

On April 17 in 1492 Christopher Columbus signed a contract with Spain to find the Indies. His exploration and navigation led to a general European awareness of the American continents.

Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few” (Matthew 7:13–14). 

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Sermon Discussion Questions: Pure Praise

Published by: Jason Meyer
April 11, 2014

The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my sermon on Palm Sunday weekend, April 12/13, "Pure Praise" (Matthew 21:1–17). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.

Sermon Outline

  1. Poisoned Praise (vv. 12–13)
  2. Pure Praise (vv. 14–16a)
  3. Prepared Praise (v. 16b)

Discussion Questions

 

 

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Greatest Closeness With God

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 17, 2014

Once upon a time I did college ministry. Ralph, one of the students in that ministry died this past week. He had written this in his Christmas letter: “A life with cancer that God has sovereignly ordained as His will for me has brought the greatest closeness and intimacy I think I have ever felt in relationship to God! Yes, God can use something as fearful and threatening as cancer to bring us into a closer divine love relationship with Him and others.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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What Did Paul Tripp Say Monday?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
February 5, 2014

Speaking to hundreds of pastors at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Paul Tripp said, “Faith isn’t natural to us. 

“Divine power + divine compassion = everything you need.” It occurs to me that Tripp’s statement echoes the sound theology of the child’s table prayer:

 

God is great.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Confidence Toward Him

Published by: Sam Crabtree
December 4, 2013

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.—1 John 5:14–15

Faith, trust, reliance, confidence … are synonymous terms. To believe Jesus is to depend upon him to be and do certain things. What can we count on him to do?

Keep his promises

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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The Pivotal Place of Hearing

Published by: Bryan DeWire
November 21, 2013

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.—Romans 10:17

Hearing God’s word is a life or death matter. Yahweh our God says, “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deuteronomy 8:3). We perish if God does not speak to us.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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How Can We Tell the Difference?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
November 4, 2013

I have seen enough hollow or false professions over the course of my life, that I am hesitant to label something as a conversion too soon. Meanwhile, my heart sincerely and eagerly desires to give benefit of the doubt; I want to believe that every profession will be confirmed as a conversion.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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Truer Than Your Eyes

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 24, 2013

That’s what Jason Meyer said in his brief address to global partners at the luncheon last Saturday. The Scripture’s account of the truth is truer than your eyes.

In other words, trust the Scriptures more than your own eyes, when your own eyes lead you to doubt the Bible.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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What Is the Christian Worldview?

Published by: Sam Crabtree
October 22, 2013

Philip Graham Ryken’s 48-page booklet by that title is part of the Basics of the Reformed Faith series. Here are eight excerpts.

Whenever we bump into the world, our worldview comes spilling out.

We all have basic beliefs. This is unavoidable.

Our worldview always reveals our fundamental religious commitments.

 

 

Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Executive Pastor and Lead Pastor for Life Training.

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